New York readies for 14- and 15-year-olds to hunt deer

The state’s 2008-2009 hunting and fishing licenses will go on sale Aug. 18, and when they do, 14- and 15-year-olds will be able to purchase a big-game license. The legislature amended the state’s Environmental Conservation Law this year - making the youngsters eligible to hunt deer and bear using a rifle or shotgun, when accompanied by an adult. DECALS (Department of Environmental Conservation Automated License System) has already been updated to reflect the change in the law.

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